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Kristin K. Byrnes  -  Director


Kristin Byrnes has over 25 years’ experience working in the nonprofit sector in areas that include leadership, strategic planning, program development, business development, and organizational development.  Early in her career, Byrnes developed a passion for helping others in need.  Her philosophy is to respect those who face the challenges of poverty and to help them help themselves.  Most recently, Byrnes as President/CEO of Project Access, lead the organization’s growth to over 65 resource centers serving over 11,000 people annually.  Prior to joining Project Access, Byrnes held various leadership positions in nonprofit organizations including Mercy Behavioral Health. 


Byrnes has been honored with a Woman Making a Difference Award from State Senator Lou Correa (D-Orange County) and was recognized by Women Helping Women/Men2Work as one of its Women Helping Women Employment Leaders.  In 2013, Byrnes was the featured CEO in OC Metro magazine.  In addition, Byrnes was named one of the Most Influential people in OC in 2014 by the Orange County Register. 


Byrnes attended college on a softball scholarship and graduated from La Roche College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services and a minor in Gerontology.  Ms. Byrnes received a Master of Science degree in Professional Leadership with an emphasis on Nonprofit Management from the University of Carlow, Pittsburgh, PA

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